Voting ends amid sporadic violence, counting underway

Kalerkantho Online   

30 December, 2018 16:39 PM

Voting ends amid sporadic violence, counting underway

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Vote in the 11th Jatiya Sangsad (JS) election has ended amid sporadic incidents of violence while the counting of vote began immediately. 

A total of 12 people, including an Ansar member, were killed in election-related violence in Noakhali, Rangamati, Chattogram, Cumilla, Rajshahi, Natore, Tangail, Narsingdi, Bogura, Brahmanbaria and Cox’s Bazar districts on Sunday.

The balloting started at 8 am today while it ended at 4 pm amid allegations of irregularities, including overnight stuffing of ballot boxes, and capturing of polling stations.

However, voting in the capital was almost peaceful.

Our Correspondents from different parts of the country reported that voters were seen marching towards the polling stations to franchise their votes amid the cold weather early in the morning.

A total of 1,861 candidates have vied for the polls. Among them, 1,733 are from political parties and 128 independents.

Of them, 34 candidates boycotted the election alleging widespread vote rigging by the ruling party members. 

Voting was suspended at Sharifpur Primary School centre of Begumganj upazila under Noakhali-3 constituency and Nawabpur Government Primary School centre under Noakhali-1 in the early morning as miscreants snatched away ballots and election material from there. 

On the other hand, balloting was suspended at three centres in Lalmonirhat-3 constituency following clashes between the supporters of Jatiya Party and BNP.

Visiting the polling centres in the capital, our reporters found that the turnout of voters was good but no representatives from BNP or JatiyaOikya Front were seen.

In compliance with new electoral rules, a total of 39 registered political parties are contesting the polls.

About 608,000 members of law enforcement agencies, 66 returning officers, performed their responsibilities to conduct the election across the country.